Why are you doing that?!



I was at the gym yesterday, and as usual (!) saw some bizarre things.

There was an older guy on the X-trainer. He was pretty thin, but had some real bad kyphosis (rounding of the upper back), and to help this get worse, he had the X-trainer ramp as high as it could go, was bend over forward to work against gravity, and was slowly chugging the wheels round!!


He would probably say, to make it harder – but why not keep it flatter, keep good posture and increase the resistance. Or better still, get off the X-trainer and use the bike (another non-weight bearing exercise) and perform some short intervals?

Next up were some younger “lads” who were doing some sets of squats on the smith machine. Their feet were so far forward they were almost angled backwards, to keep the bar on their shoulders. They finished these, came straight over to the dumbell rack, picked the heaviest dumbells and started gurning through 2 sets of rolling shrugs. They dumped the weights down, and went home! No stretching, cool down – nothing. Good luck in the morning!

The point I’m trying to make here is, and what you should ask yourself before every workout or exercise is;

“Why am I doing this? What am I trying to achieve with this workout or exercise?”

Too many people will go into the gym and perform the same workouts or exercises, without even thinking if it’s good for them or the benefits or disadvanatages of them.

For example, if you’ve got kyphosis, your aim should be on stretching out the Pec muscles, which are rounding¬† your shoulders forward, and you should be peforming retraction exercises like bent over rows, cable rows, rear flyes, all to help retract the shoulders, and hopefully correct posture.

If you’ve got weak glutes, flat feet, or knee pain, you should be stretching your quads, hip flexors, and perfoming glute exercises like single leg bridges, 1 leg touchdowns, then move onto lunges and squats.


So next time you’re in the gym, think about what you’re doing before you head to the bench press, or leg press, and ask,

“What do I need to work on, and what am I trying to achieve?” With these questions your answers should provide a more effective workout.